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Reports Gale is to be charged with racist offence

The England and Wales Cricket Board has declined to add to previous statements about the disciplinary process facing Andrew Gale, amid reports that he is to be charged with a racist offence.

Andrew Gale Credit: Press Association

Yorkshire captain Gale was banned for his team's final two LV= County Championship matches of the season, under mandatory disciplinary procedure, following his on-field spat with Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince at the start of this month.

When he was subsequently kept away, at the behest of the ECB, from Yorkshire's trophy celebrations after they won the title for the 32nd time at Trent Bridge last week, the governing body clarified the situation in a press release.

Amid reports of a racist element, one expected to be strenuously denied by Yorkshire and their captain, the ECB declined to add to last Friday's statement.

It read:

"After an incident at the recent LV=CC match between Lancashire and Yorkshire, the England and Wales Cricket Board made a formal complaint to the cricket discipline commission (CDC) about the conduct of the Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale.

"On receipt of this complaint, the CDC has decided to convene a disciplinary panel hearing to consider the matter.

"The ECB will not make any further comment until the disciplinary process is concluded."

The Daily Telegraph reported today that the case will centre on Gale's alleged use of the term 'Kolpak', in a heated exchange with Prince - and whether it can be construed as racist.

A 'Kolpak' cricketer is one born overseas but free to play on a domestic contract under the laws of the European Union.


Hardaker cleared after rugby league investigation

The Leeds Rhinos full back Zak Hardaker has been cleared of any wrong-doing following an investigation by the Rugby Football League.

Hardaker cleared after rugby league investigation Credit: Press Association

For the second time in a matter of months Hardaker was accused of using homophobic language during the Rhinos' game against St Helens in August.

The RFL say there was unsufficient evidence for charges to be brought therefore Hardaker is available for the Rhinos playoff matches starting on Saturday.

Boxer still "critical" after brain surgery

Sheffield fighter Jerome Wilson

Sheffield boxer Jerome Wilson is still in a medically induced coma in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital after being knocked unconscious in a fight on Friday night.

The 29 year old went down heavily in the sixth round of his welterweight bout against Rotherham-based Cameroonian Serge Ambomo at Ice Sheffield.

Wilson - a father of one - was given oxygen in the ring by paramedics, before being taken to hospital, where - according to his manager Dave Coldwell - he underwent life-saving brain surgery. His condition is described as critical but stable.


Bruce appeals to Hull City fans for calm

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has appealed to fans to put their energies into supporting their side against West Ham tonight (Monday September 15) not protesting against owner Assem Allam.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Some of the club's supporters have been at loggerheads with the Egyptian businessman since last year's controversial proposal to rebrand the team Hull Tigers and ditch their 10-year-old moniker Hull City AFC. That was dismissed by the Football Association Council in April.

Steve Bruce said: "My appeal to all of the fans is that they can have their thoughts but once it gets to matchday, we need to get behind the team.

We need them to do that because if it becomes fractious then it becomes difficult. When it becomes difficult then it can affect the team. That is why I appeal to the fans. We don't want any protests - even though I know nothing's changed on their behalf with the name-change issue.

We want the supporters to get behind the team, that's my concern and I'm sure they will. The protests hit their peak against Crystal Palace last season and it seemed to wane after that. We lost that game and we should have won if I remember. We need all the supporters, if they can, to support the team. "

Actor takes on marathon number 13

Actor George Telfer is preparing to take on his 13th marathon in his home town of Chesterfield.

Actor George Telfer prepares to tackle his 13th marathon Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The star, best known for his roles in the Auton film series and Emmerdale, will join 1,000 runners today at the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon .

George, 52, has previously completed 10 London marathons, eight of them in aid of children's charity Whizz-Kidz.

He has also completed the Kielder Marathon and the York Marathon.

It feels fantastic to be running in Chesterfield. I've been running lots of routes here for years so it's great to do an official run.

"I train all year round, normally around three or four times a week. I just love to run, I love it that bit more every year. It's become part of my daily life."

– George Telfer

The Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon will raise funds for Kids 'n' Cancer UK, as well as other charities including Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity.

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